Old English Words

Old English words


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  1. bedight
  2. besmirch
    smear so as to make dirty or stained
  3. bight
    a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
  4. brine
    a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling
  5. bushel
    a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches
  6. ditty
    a short simple song
  7. dray
    a low heavy horse cart without sides; used for haulage
  8. erstwhile
    belonging to some prior time
  9. forsooth
    an archaic word originally meaning `in truth' but now usually used to express disbelief
  10. heir
    a person entitled by law to inherit the estate of another
  11. hither
    to this place (especially toward the speaker)
  12. mizzen
    fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
    Middle English - comes from latin medianus
  13. ness
    a strip of land projecting into a body of water
  14. oft
    many times at short intervals
  15. pannikin
    a small pan or cup (usually of tin)
  16. scaup
    diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
  17. soothsayer
    someone who makes predictions of the future
  18. stalwart
    having rugged physical strength
  19. swain
    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
  20. thither
    to or toward that place; away from the speaker
  21. thwart
    hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
  22. weir
    a low dam built across a stream to raise its level or divert its flow
  23. whence
    from what place, source, or cause
  24. wight
    a human being; `wight' is an archaic term
    archaic term for human
  25. withy
    strong flexible twig
  26. sleight
    adroitness in using the hands
  27. tithe
    a levy of one tenth of something
  28. quench
    satisfy, as thirst
  29. betroth
    give to in marriage
  30. piddock
    marine bivalve that bores into rock or clay or wood by means of saw-like shells
  31. liverish
    suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress
  32. banshee
    a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
  33. plenty
    a full supply
  34. forswear
    formally reject or disavow
  35. wizened
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
  36. shriveled
    (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
  37. flighty
    guided by whim and fancy
  38. trumpery
    ornamental objects of no great value
  39. touchstone
    a basis for comparison
  40. forswear
    formally reject or disavow
  41. Beowulf
    the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon

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