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1. ampte n.

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(a) An ant; (b) ampte eiren, the pupae of ants; ampte hil, ant hill; empt hors [cp. OE æmetan hors, O. Cockayne, Leechdoms 2.42], the pupae of ants.

2. ān-sǣte n.

Additional spellings: ansæte
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A recluse.

3. anvelt n.

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(a) Anvil; (b) anfel-stock, the block or base of an anvil.

4. atter n.

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Poison, venom (as of reptiles); -- also attrib. [quots.Bod.Hom. & Cursor].

5. bal n.

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(a) A round body; sphere, globe, orb; turnen as a bal, to turn as does Fortune's ball; (b) the orb borne together with a scepter as an emblem of sovereignty; (c) a rounded protuberance or boss for…

6. bearde n.

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Bearing, conduct; niþinges bearde, cowardly conduct; uppe niþinges bearde, on pain of being branded as a coward.

7. bī-live n.

Additional spellings: bilive
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The means of subsistence, a livelihood (as of food, clothing, shelter); beggen, finden, winnen bi-live.

8. bī̆-smār(e n.

Additional spellings: bismar, bi-smare, bismare
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Ridicule, mockery, derision, disdain, or an instance of it; on (a) or for bi-smar, by way of mockery or ridicule, tauntingly, derisively; driven to bi-smar, engage in mockery, make fun of, be amused…

9. blẹ̄d, blēd n.

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(a) Vegetation; produce, crop; (b) progeny; a scion (esp., of Christ).

10. bō̆dī n.

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(a) The whole physical frame of a living being; physique, body; bodi-lich, body [cp. līch body]; assaien bodi, test (one's) physique or physical prowess; (b) build, stature, figure; (c) bodi and

11. bōthe num. (as noun, adj., & conj.)

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As noun: Two together, both; -- in various constructions: (a) alone; (b) the bothe, the two of them; (c) both here (theire) hedes, the heads of both of them; etc.; (d) here bother (baþre, bothe,

12. bǒugh n.

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(a) A branch of a tree or bush; a main branch, a limb; also, a small branch or twig; (b) a branch of any kind of plant; a spray of an herb or shrub, a shoot, a branch of a vine, a palm frond; (c) a…

13. brẹ̄ n.

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(a) Porridge, pulse; (b) broth (of meat), liquor (of vegetables);(c) ?a type of ale or beer; ?some sort of broth, juice, or liquor;bre mongere, a seller of such a commodity; ale bre, a drink made from…

14. 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.

15. brēde n.(1)

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Roasted or grilled meat; also, a roast.

16. bush n.(1)

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(a) A woods, grove; thicket, underbrush; bank and bush, hill and (wooded) dale; under the bush, in (the shelter of) the woods; (b) rank growth.

17. caiser n.

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A Roman emperor, a Caesar; caiser of Rome.

18. chā̆fer n.

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A beetle of some kind.

19. chelle n.

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A vessel of some kind.

20. chēp n.

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(a) Bargaining, dickering; (b) a (good) bargain or purchase; (c) price asked or offered; þurh non chep, at no price; for negard chep, because of niggardliness; (d) value set (upon a person)…

21. cheves(e n.

Additional spellings: chevese
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Concubine, paramour (of a noble); cheves-boren, born of a concubine, bastard.

22. chippe n.

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(a) A chip, splinter, shaving (of wood); also, kindling, trash (usu. pl.); (b) peg; (c) share-beam (of a plow).

23. cholle n.

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(a) Throat, gullet; (b) the front of the neck; jowl, double chin, dewlap, etc.; (c) forehead, head; balled cholle bald head.

24. chough(e n.

Additional spellings: choughe
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One of several birds of the crow family: chough, jackdaw, jay; Cornish chough; co-brid.

25. clēt n.

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(a) A wedge, cleat; clet nail, a cleat nail [?error for clout nail]; (b) a lump, bit, small portion; ne counten at o clet, to regard (sth.) as worthless; yeven nought a clet of, not to give a damn…

26. clift n.

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(a) A crack, fissure, rift, notch, cleft, slash; helle clift, the chasm of hell; (b) a break in the skin, crack; a cut, gash; (c) a tear in a muscle, rupture; (d) a surgical cutting or incision.

27. clǒugh n.

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(a) A narrow valley or dell; a ravine or gorge; (b) the steep side of a gorge; a bluff or cliff.

28. clōve n.(1)

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(a) A bulbil or clove, esp. of garlic; (b) clof-lēk, clove-, garlic; -- attested only as surname.

29. n.

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A jackdaw; co-brid.

30. cō̆ker n.

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(a) A case for arrows, quiver; (b) a covering for the legs, leggings; ?also, a kind of shoe or boot; (c) in a name: coker-hose, leggings.

31. cōl n.(2)

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(a) Charcoal, or a piece of it; wode and col(es; prob. also, fuel; -- sg. or pl.; (b) mineral coal [some late quots. in (a) may belong here].

32. cop n.

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(a) The summit or peak (of a hill or mountain); also, the height of a mountain pass; (b) the top (of a tower), the ridge (of a house); (c) cop of hevene, the top of the firmament [but cp. cope n…

33. cot n.

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Wool matted together in the fleece.

34. crā̆k n.(2)

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(a) A bursting or splitting sound, a crash; (b) a fart; (c) the sound of a trumpet.

35. cresse n.

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(a) A plant of the mustard family, a cress; esp., the common water cress (Roripa nasturtium aquaticum, Nasturtium officinale); also, the garden cress or garden peppergrass (Lepidium sativum); cresse

36. crēte n.(1)

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A child's crib, cradle.

37. crib n.

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(a) A manger; (b) a stall for a cow or ox; (c) a beehive.

38. croue n.

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(a) The carrion crow (Corvus corone); also, the rook (Corvus frugilegus); (b) the raven (Corvus corax).

39. crucche n.

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A crutch or walking stick.

40. derth(e n.

Additional spellings: derthe
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(a) A period of scarcity or high prices, a famine; derth of scarcite, a famine caused by scarcity; (b) derth of, a shortage of (sth.), lack, scarcity; high price of (sth.), expensiveness.

41. dimpel n.

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(a) A dimple; (b) in place name: ?a pool [see Smith PNElem. 1.137-8];(c) ?as surname.

42. dingle n.

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A deep dell or hollow: (a) se dingle, a deep in the bed of the sea; (b) in names [see Smith PNElem. 1.133].

43. dǒng n.(2)

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The pit of hell, an abyss.

44. draught n.

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(a) The action of pulling, a pull, pulling in harness; (b) pulling or drawing a net to catch birds or fish; (c) the drawing of water from a well; drawing of liquor from a cask, etc.; (d) one cut of a…

45. Drihten n.

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(a) The Lord [said of God and of Christ]; (b) almighti Drihten, alwelding Drihten, hevenli Drihten, Drihten in trinite, Drihten in heven, etc.; drihtnes dom, God's Judgment; crist our Drihten, Drihten

46. ēden n.(1)

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Thrashing floor.

47. ender adj. or n.

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Only in set phrases: this ender(s) dai, recently, the other day; this ender(s) night, one night not long ago; this ender(s) yer, formerly, in recent times.

48. ēr(e n.(2)

Additional spellings: ere
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(a) The grain-bearing head of a cereal plant, as wheat, barley, or the like; also fig.; (b) a fruit-cluster, as of olives.

49. fẹ̄ n.(1)

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(a) Livestock; a herd of livestock; (b) fe-hous, a shed for livestock; (c) fe-man a herdsman; (d) fe-rod, ?the product of a rood of land as a perquisite for herding livestock.

50. fēr n.(1)

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(a) The emotion of fear; a state of being afraid; haven fer, to have fear, be afraid; (b) for fer, because of fear; for fer of, for fear of (something); in fer, in fear, afraid; putten in (into) fer

51. first n.(1)

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A (limited) period of time; yere first, a period of years; yeven first, to grant time (for a certain purpose).

52. fitel-fọ̄t n.

Additional spellings: fitelfot
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An epithet of the hare.

53. fithele n.

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A bowed stringed instrument; viol, violin.

54. fixen n.

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A female (fox), she-fox; fixen of the fox.

55. flē n.

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(a) A flea; (b) flen, flies, and freres, fleas, flies, and friars; fle in ere, exciting story or report.

56. fleil n.

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(a) Instrument used for threshing grain, a flail; (b) cap of a fleil, fleil cap, one of the bands of wood or leather (fastened about the end of the flail staff or the end of the swingle) through which…

57. flīe n.(2)

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Flying, flight.

58. flight n.(1)

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(a) The act of fleeing, flight, escape; also fig.; (b) avoidance; (c) departure; also fig.; (d) ability to flee.

59. flight n.(2)

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(a) The act of flying with wings, flight through the air; comen in (with) flight, to come flying; foules flight, the flight of a bird; fig. spiritual soaring; (b) flight-foul, bird of the air; flight

60. frē̆t n.(1)

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(a) Gnawing; (b) the wearing effect (of greed, fear, etc.).

61. gāte-shā̆del n.

Additional spellings: gateshadel
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A place where roads intersect, a crossroad; the point at which a road divides into two or more branches.

62. gēsǒun adj. & n.

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(a) Rare, scarce, lacking; not (nought) gesoun, not uncommon, frequent; (b) barren, empty, vain; gesoun on, barren of (sth.), lacking in; gesoun of, free from (bushes), cleared of; (c) as noun…

63. gēthe, gẹ̄the n.

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

64. gremth(e n.

Additional spellings: gremthe
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(a) Anger, fury; (b) grief.

65. grim n.(1)

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(a) Fierceness; (b) fury, anger, hatred; o grim, angrily; taken to grim, to be angered, take offense; (c) excitement, agitation; (d) terrible creature(s.

66. hāle-wei(e n.

Additional spellings: halewei, hali-wei, haliwei, hale-weie, haleweie, hali-weie, haliweie
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(a) A sweet healing liquid, used either as potion or lotion; hale-wei drenche, a potion of this liquid; also, any medicinal antidote; (b) the aromatic oleoresin of the balm of Gilead; (c) fig.; (d)…

67. hā̆ver n.(2)

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(a) The cereal grain, oats; (b) haver bern, haver gerner, a storehouse for oats; haver bred, oaten bread; haver cake, a loaf made from oaten flour; also as surname; haver mele, oaten flour; (c) haver

68. here-towa n.

Additional spellings: heretowa
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Leader, commander, governor of a province; also fig.

69. hẹ̄rthe n.

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(a) The sense of hearing; (b) that which one has heard.

70. họ̄k(e n.

Additional spellings: hoke
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(a) The second Monday and Tuesday (?also Wednesday) after Easter, a period during which merrymakers stopped travelers on the roads and exacted contributions; hok tide; (b) hok dai, Hock Tuesday; --…

71. kindel n.

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(a) The offspring of any animal, a young one; also fig.; (b) ?a human child; wommen kindelin, female babies.

72. latthe n.

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(a) A long, thin strip of wood used in building; esp. such a strip nailed to rafters to form a support for shingles, tiles, or slates; ?also, a shingle; herte latthe [see herte 1d. (c)]; (b) latthe

73. meneu n.

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A small fish; the minnow (Leuciscus phoxinus); the stickleback (?Gasterosteus aculeatus).

74. mē̆r(e-min n.

Additional spellings: mermin, mere-min, mere-min
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(a) = mer(e-maid(e 1.; (b) = mer(e-maiden (b).

75. milthe n. & adj.

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(a) Mercy, kindness; (b) as adj.: merciful, kind.

76. shīve n.

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(a) A slice, piece, usu. of bread or other food; also in proverb; also, a portion of food; shive (of) bred; step-moder shive, a thin slice, an insufficient portion; (b) ?a slab or length of wood; ?a…

77. shiver(e n.

Additional spellings: shivere
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(a) A slice, piece, usu. of bread or other food; (b) a splinter, fragment, chip; ?also, a rock fragment, mason-chip [quot.: 1432]; shiveres of the rib, fragments of a broken rib; gon (shaken, toflien

78. smert(e n.

Additional spellings: smerte
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(a) Physical pain; also, harm [quot. a1420]; also, a burn [quot. 1440]; don smert, to cause (an animal) pain, harm; (b) grief, sorrow, annoyance; also fig. of Jesus; also, contrition, remorse; (c)…

79. stilt(e n.

Additional spellings: stilte
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(a) The handle of a plow; (b) a wooden crutch; an artificial leg, peg leg; also, a stilt; stilt bond, a strap for attaching a stilt or a peg leg; (c) ?one of the uprights of a ladder; (d) in surname.

80. therne n.

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(a) A young woman; a girl; (b) a female servant, handmaid.

81. thixel n.

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An adz; a kind of ax; thixel gouge, an adz with a concave blade; staf (?ston) thixel, ?a long handled ax (?an ax for working stone).

82. wacste n.

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The quality of having grown or increased, might, power.

83. warī̆angle n.

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A bird of the genus Lanius, a shrike or butcherbird; also used as a term of abuse.

84. yespon n.

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A measure of volume equivalent to that contained in a person’s hands cupped together.