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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *aiþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *oyt-. Cognate with Old Frisian ēth (North Frisian ith, West Frisian eed), Old Saxon ēþ, Dutch eed, Old High German eid (German Eid), Old Norse eiðr (Danish and Swedish ed), Gothic 𐌰𐌹𐌸𐍃 (aiþs).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

āþ m

  1. an oath
    • circa 7th century, Cædmon, Caedmon's metrical paraphrase of parts of the Holy Scriptures[1]:
      he swereþ þurh his selfes lif
      he swears an oath on his own life.

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