avetrol

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Old French avoistre.[1]

Noun[edit]

avetrol (plural avetrols)

  1. bastard; illegitimate child[1][2]
    • 1810, Henry William Weber, Metrical Romances of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries, page 114; quoting the Middle English text Kyng Alisaunder (c.1300[2]), lines 2,690–2,696
      […] “ Alisaunder !” thrye,
      “ Whar artow, horesone ! whar ?
      “ An hore to Amon the bar :
      “ Thou avetrol, thou foule wreche,
      “ Here thou hast thyn eyndyng feched !
      “ Com, and geve us on justyng,
      “ And thow schalt have hard metyng.”

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1834: William Toone, A Glossary and Etymological Dictionary, page 67
  2. 2.0 2.1 aveˈtrol” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]