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1. ai adv.

97 quotations in 5 senses
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Of continous actions or states: (a) all the time, always, constantly, unceasingly; (b) eternally, forever.

2. anclẹ̄ n.

21 quotations in 2 senses
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(a) The ankle; ankle bone, esp. the inner projection [quots. c1150, c1440]; innermore ancle; utward ancle, outer projection of the ankle; (b) ancle bon, ankle bone; utter ancle, outer projection of…

3. asshe n.(2)

98 quotations in 8 senses
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(a) Ashes of combustible materials; brennen to asshe; turnen to asshe; (b) ashes as used in medicaments, for making lye, etc.; (c) hot ashes or coals, as for baking.

4. ā̆-wei interj.

Additional spellings: awei
11 quotations in 1 sense
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Expressing regret or grief: alas!, oh!

5. ayẹ̄n adv.

155 quotations in 8 senses
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(a) Back or away from something; to the rear, back, backwards; drawen ayen, ten ayen, draw back, withdraw; holden ayen, hold back, check, restrain; putten ayen, set or thrust back or away; turnen

6. bẹ̄n v.

1165 quotations in 17 senses
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(a) To be, exist, live; there is (was, were, etc.); that was, who formerly lived, now dead; if his liking be, if it be his will; if (sth.) ne were, if (sth.) had not been, if it were not for (sth.)…

7. bīke n.(1)

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A nest of wild bees or wasps; a honeycomb; hony bike.

8. birth(e n.

Additional spellings: birthe
116 quotations in 9 senses
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(a) The act of giving birth, childbirth; birth bering; labour of birth; at on (a) birth, in one delivery; (b) birth in wombe, conception.

9. bō̆nd n.

177 quotations in 10 senses
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Something used for tying, binding, wrapping, fastening, joining: (a) a cord, string (also fig.); a strap, halter, leash; a bowstring; (b) a twist of straw; a tendril; (c) a bandage or wrapping; (d) a…

10. brẹ̄ch n.

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(a) The undergarment covering the lower part of the body; underpants, drawers, or tights; brech and sherte, sark and brek; (b) brech, brek, as pl.; a pare brech, a pair of breeches.

11. brennen v.

351 quotations in 9 senses
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(a) To be consumed by fire; burn, burn down; brennen awai; of fire: burn; brennen up, flame up; brenning, on fire, fiery; (b) to destroy (sth.) with fire; put to the torch, reduce to ashes; brennen up

12. brim n.(1)

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A body of water, such as the sea, a pool, spring, river.

13. būte-carl n.

Additional spellings: butecarl
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A boatman.

14. drag(ge n.(1)

Additional spellings: dragge
14 quotations in 2 senses
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(a) A dragnet; (b) a harrow or drag; (c) a barge or raft; (d) a grappling hook.

15. drēm n.(2)

60 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) A vision experienced in sleep, a dream; a nightmare; a prophetic dream; (b) dremen drem, meten drem, sen drem, to have a dream; in drem, on drem, in a dream or dreams; sweven and drem, drem or

16. ē̆rlī adv.

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At or near the beginning of the day; in the first part of the morning; early in the morning.

17. forbrennen v.

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(a) To burn up (something), to consume or destroy by fire; (b) to ravage or lay waste (a country) with fire; (c) to burn up, to be destroyed by fire.

18. four-tẹ̄̆nthe num.

Additional spellings: fourtenthe
13 quotations in 2 senses
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Ordinal as adj.: fourteenth.

19. gēren v.

91 quotations in 4 senses
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(a) To prepare or equip (oneself); prepare (a corpse for burial); geren aweiward, prepare (oneself) to go away; (b) to equip (oneself) for fighting, arm (oneself); (c) to dress (sb., oneself); ppl. ge

20. gerth n.

44 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) A belt or strap passing under a horse's belly to secure a saddle, harness, load, etc. [see also hors gerth]; (b) a hoop for a barrel, keg, tub, etc.; (c) in cpds. & combs.: gerth bokel, a clasp or…

21. gēthe, gẹ̄the n.

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Only in phr. in a gethe, ?spiritedly, ?hastily.

22. grẹ̄t n.(3)

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(a) Sand, gravel, small stones; a gret, a grain of sand; ech gret, every speck, every bit; (b) sandstone, gristone; (c) dust, dirt.

23. hẹ̄rd(e n.(1)

Additional spellings: herde
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(a) A flock or herd of domesticated animals; got herd, q.v.; (b) a herd of wild animals; esp. a herd of deer; also, a flock of birds, swarm of gnats; (c) fig. spiritual flock, group of people under…

24. hō̆ngen v.

588 quotations in 18 senses
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To suspend (sb. or sth.) from an elevated point: (a) to hang (sb., his corpse, or parts of it) up by the feet, hands, or hair; hongen up, hongen up bi the fet, etc.; (b) to fasten or mount (sth. on…

25. in prep.

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(a) Inside (a solid object); immersed, or partly immersed, in (a fluid substance); enclosed in (fire, the air, etc.); (b) into (a solid, liquid, etc.); (c) in or into the surface of (sth.), pierced or…

26. lē̆r n.

64 quotations in 3 senses
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The cheek; in pl.: the face; loken under ler, to look down over (one's) cheek, look downward.

27. lid-gate n.

Additional spellings: lidgate
22 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) A swing gate for cattle; (b) in surnames; (c) in place names [see Smith PNElem. 1.251].

28. līre n.(2)

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(a) Flesh; also, body; (b) meat; lire both, a butcher's stall or shop; lire mongere, a dealer in meat, butcher.

29. manlī adv.(1)

83 quotations in 4 senses
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(a) In the human way, like a human being; (b) in a masculine way; (c) as befits a man; strongly, vigorously.

30. mid adj. & pref.

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(a) Middle, mid-; mid strem, the middle of the stream; mid theigh (leg), the middle of the thigh (leg); in the mid se (sheld), in the middle of the sea (shield); in the mid side, ?in the middle; to

31. mis n.

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(a) Sin, sinfulness; guilt, culpability for sin; evil, wickedness; withouten mis, sinless, innocent; withouten mis of this man, he being sinless, innocent as he was; (b) a sin, an evil deed; criminal…

32. pī̆ken v.(1)

196 quotations in 10 senses
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To work with a pick or other digging implement; --also refl.; dig (sth.); break up (land, a field); dig up (weeds); piken awei, dig up (weeds); undermine (a foundation); piken oute, dig out (stones…

33. 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

34. rāth n.

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(a) Advice, counsel; what shal me to rath, what plan shall I adopt?; outmost rath, last counsel; (b) a counselor, friend; (c) rathes-men, advisers.

35. rẹ̄nish(e adj.

Additional spellings: renishe
2 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Strange, uncouth; (b) of an emperor: stern, awful.

36. reuth(e n.

Additional spellings: reuthe
142 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) Pity, compassion, sympathy; also, mercy; alas for reuth; (b) haven reuth of (on, upon), to have pity or mercy on (sb., a soul, etc.); nimen (taken) reuth of, take pity on (sb.); (c) haven reuth

37. rō̆t n.

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(a) Decay, corruption, putrefaction; (b) a disease of sheep; (c) a wasting disease in man; also fig.; (d) in place name.

38. sē̆ventẹ̄nthe num.

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(a) Ordinal number as adj.: seventeenth; (b) ordinal number as noun: the seventeenth year, letter of the alphabet, etc.; (c) in compound number.

39. shau(e n.

Additional spellings: shaue
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(a) A wood or forest; a grove; a thicket; at a shau side, at the edge of a forest; shau of (the) wod, a wodes shau; under (the) shau, beneath the foliage of a wood, in the shade; in thickets; also…

40. shẹ̄ten v.

286 quotations in 10 senses
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(a) To hasten from one place to another, move swiftly, rush; also fig.; plunge (into a river); duck (under a shield); refl. rush (into a ship); of a ship: sail swiftly; of an arrow: fly forth from a…

41. shrīven v.

147 quotations in 4 senses
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(a) Refl. To make confession, make confession (to sb., to God); also iron., with implication of impending decease [quot.: Chaucer TC]; (b) refl. shriven o (of), to confess (sins), make confession of…

42. skẹ̄ling(e n.

Additional spellings: skelinge
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An outbuilding; a shed, lean-to.

43. skillen v.(1)

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(a) To distinguish (good from evil); also, physically separate (one thing from another); skilled oute, set apart (from other people), marked off as different; (b) to cause (words) to differ, make…

44. slaught(e n.

Additional spellings: slaughte
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(a) The killing of an individual; manslaughter, murder; also, execution; (b) the killing of many people as the result of war, feuding, etc., slaughter, carnage; also, an instance of this, a bloody…

45. slingen v.

41 quotations in 2 senses
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(a) To throw (sb. or sth., esp. into a place or in a specified direction), hurl, fling; also, fell (an adversary) in battle; also, raze (a city); slingen abouten, swing (sb.) around; slingen doun

46. snakeren v.

2 quotations in 1 sense
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To sneak, slink.

47. span-neue adj.

Additional spellings: spanneue
6 quotations in 1 sense
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Brand-new.

48. sprenten v.

16 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Of a person, an animal: to leap, spring; also fig.; sprenten oute; (b) of drops of water, sparks: to leap, fly; of blood: spurt; of blood, water, etc.: spatter (on sth.); sprenten oute (abouten);

49. stath n.

41 quotations in 1 sense
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(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…

50. stāver n.

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(a) An upright bar in a rack for hay or fodder; hacche staver; (b) in place names [see Smith PNElem.2.141, 142].

51. tal n.

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A slip of wood, a cutting; tal shide, a piece of hewn timber from which faggots are cut, a length of wood, billet of firewood;—also coll.; tal ston, some kind of cut stone; tal wode, q.v.

52. telden v.

42 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) To pitch (a tent), set up (a pavilion, tabernacle); telden up; (b) to set (a trap, snare), set out (a net);—often in fig. contexts; (c) to build (sth.), erect, raise; telden on (upon) loft; telden

53. thacchen v.

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To cover the roof of a building with thatch or other material; cover the roof of (a building) with thatch; cover the roof of (a building or part of a building) with lead, tiles, etc.; also, cover (a…

54. thach(e n.

Additional spellings: thache
87 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Straw, reeds, or similar material used in covering a roof, thatch; also, such material put to other uses; lode thach; (b) a covering of thatch or of lead, tiles, etc. over a roof; also, a roof…

55. tharnen v.

27 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Of God's will: to be absent (from someone's sight), be unclear (to sb.); (b) to be without (sth. or sb.), lack [a few quots. could also be construed as (c)]; also, fail to gain (sth.) [quot…

56. though adv.

56 quotations in 2 senses
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Used contrastively: (a) however, yet, nevertheless; ?also, moreover [quots. c1275, 2nd, and perh. a1400]; also, in correl. construction with though conj.: though..though, although..still; (b)…

57. thrālinge n.

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Pain, discomfort.

58. thrī̆tẹ̄nth(e num.

Additional spellings: thritenthe
30 quotations in 1 sense
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(a) Ordinal number as adj.: thirteenth; thritenth dai, the thirteenth day; also, on the thirteenth day; thritenth yer, in the thirteenth year; dai thritenth, on the thirteenth day; (b) ordinal number…

59. throu n.(2)

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(a) A contraction of the uterus while giving birth; the pain and discomfort experienced while giving birth;—usu. pl.; also in fig. context [quot. a1393]; pininge throwes; a twenti throwes, a period of…

60. thurfe adj.

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Needed, needful.

61. thurven v.

172 quotations in 13 senses
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(a) Of a candle: to be necessary (for sb.), be needed, avail; (b) impers. hit thare, used parenthetically: it is necessary; (c) ?impers. thurte, he experienced (no lack of knights at his disposal).

62. tight adj.

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(a) Of a thicket, forest: crowded, close, dense; (b) of clothes: heavy, thick; (c) of a body: ?thickset, stout; ?firm, muscular; (d) of a measure of capacity: tightly packed, solid [see also tonne-tig

63. tīmen v.

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(a) To happen, occur; usu. in impers. constructions: hit) timeth, it happens, it befalls; also, it occurs; (b) to fare, get on, get along; also, prosper; ben timed; timen ille, fare badly; timen wel

64. 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

65. umbetrīn adv.

1 quotation in 1 sense
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Round about, around; ?set around, placed around.

66. umgang(e n.

Additional spellings: umgange
10 quotations in 1 sense
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The act of going around, circuiting; circumference, circuit, perimeter; also fig.; in umgang of, round about (sb. or sth.); also fig. [last quot.]; in his (thin) umgang, round about him (you); of

67. waggen v.

65 quotations in 3 senses
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(a) To be in motion, esp. back and forth or up and down, shake, flutter, swing; also fig. with ref. to (e) [quots. a1387 & a1425]; of teeth: be loose; of a boat: rock with the waves; of flesh: wobble…

68. wau(e n.

Additional spellings: waue
61 quotations in 2 senses
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(a) A wave of water, esp. in the sea; ?also, a current; gon in wawes, to become tempestuous (b) pl. the sea, seen as a collection of individual waves; (c) used metonymically: the sea; water; wau of

69. wāveren v.

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(a) To move back and forth; shift, swing; move unsteadily, totter; also in fig. context [quot. a1450, 2nd occurrence]; also, bob; ben wavered, shift position (b) to wander; waveren abouten (here and

70. wēle n.(2)

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(a) A trap for catching fish, crabs, etc., prob. made of wicker; ?wele hous [may be a mistranscription of wilchon n.]; (b) a basket for storage.

71. welken v.(2)

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(a) To toss (medicinal ingredients) together; (b) to go on foot, walk; (c) to pursue motion along (a course).

72. wē̆t n.

71 quotations in 4 senses
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(a) Water as a naturally occurring substance; water as a medium for preparing recipes, soaking, etc.; also, a fluid with properties similar to those of water (b) a naturally occurring body of water,…

73. wē̆t adj.

150 quotations in 8 senses
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(a) Consisting of moisture, flowing, fluid, wet, liquid;—freq. used pleonastically of liquid substances: wet se (teres), reines (teres, wateres, etc.) wet (b) full of moisture; of cheese: ?fresh;…

74. wīle n.(1)

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(a) An act of deceit, a deception, trick; an underhanded scheme, a subterfuge; a plot, machination; also, a clever maneuver, tactic, cunning strategy; also person. [quot. c1400(?a1387)]; wile and

75. wī-mǒunt n.

Additional spellings: wimount
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(a) A name for the hare; (b) as proper name and surname.

76. wō̆nde n.(3)

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?The evil one, the devil; ?coll. moles.

77. yẹ̄ld n.

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(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…