delf

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English delf (a quarry, clay pit, hole; an artificial watercourse, a canal, a ditch, a trench; a grave; a pitfall), from Old English delf, see below

Noun[edit]

delf (plural delves or delf)

  1. A mine, quarry, pit dug; ditch
  2. Alternative form of delftware. Delftware
    • 1864, Robert Browning, “Mr. Sludge, "The Medium"”, Wikisource, line 832, accessed on 2012-01-18:
      That's all—do what we do, but noblier done— / Use plate, whereas we eat our meals off delf, / (To use a figure).
    • 1941, Sarah Atherton, Mark's Own, Bobbs-Merrill:
      Men can't munch from meatless pots and doughless delf.

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


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Verb[edit]

delf

  1. first-person singular present indicative of delven
  2. imperative of delven

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the verb delfan (to delve, dig, dig out, burrow, bury), from Proto-Germanic *delbaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dhelbh-.

Noun[edit]

delf n (nominative plural delf)

  1. digging, excavation; what is dug, trench, quarry, canal

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