bifian

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bibjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyh₂-, *bʰoyh₂- (to be frightened).

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian bivia, Old Saxon bivōn, Middle Dutch bēven (Dutch beven), Old High German bibēn (German beben), Old Norse bifa (Swedish bäva)

Indo-European cognates: Slavic *bojati (Russian бояться (bojatʹsja), Polish bać się), Lithuanian baidas.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

bifian

  1. to shiver or tremble
    He, bifiende, feoll to Iohannes fotum: he fell, trembling, at John's feet. (Ælfric)

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