bane

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bane, from Old English bana, from Proto-Germanic *banô; akin to Old High German bano (death), Icelandic bani (bane, death).

Noun[edit]

bane (plural banes)

  1. A cause of misery or death; an affliction or curse
    the bane of my existence
    • Herbert
      Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe.
  2. (dated) Poison, especially any of several poisonous plants
  3. (obsolete) A killer, murderer, slayer
  4. (obsolete) destruction; death
    • Milton
      The cup of deception spiced and tempered to their bane.
  5. A disease of sheep; the rot.
Antonyms[edit]
  • (affliction or curse): boon
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Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

bane (third-person singular simple present banes, present participle baning, simple past and past participle baned)

  1. (transitive) To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of.
  2. (transitive) To be the bane of.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English northern dialect ban, from Old English bān

Noun[edit]

bane (plural banes)

  1. (chiefly Scotland) A bone

References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

bane

  1. singular present subjunctive of banen

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish bán, from Proto-Celtic *bānos (white).

Adjective[edit]

bane (comparative, superlative and plural baney)

  1. white, blank, pallid
    • Er cabbyl bane va mee.
      • My mount was a white horse.
    • Haink daah bane yn aggle er.
      • He blanched with fear.
  2. fair, blonde
  3. fallow
    • Faag y magher bane.
      • Leave the field lea.

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Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bane vane mane
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Norwegian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bane

  1. A trajectory
  2. A railway line
  3. A sports field.
  4. A racing track.

Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

bane

  1. A death (by murder)

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English bān, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ben]
  • (Mid Northern Scots) IPA(key): [bin], [bein]

Noun[edit]

bane (plural banes)

  1. (anatomy) bone, limb

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