fardel

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A corruption of Middle English ferthe del (literally fourth part), equivalent to fourth +‎ deal. Cognate with Dutch vierendeel (a fourth part, quarter), German Viertel (a quarter, fourth), Danish fjerdedel (a quarter), Swedish fjärdedel (a fourth, quarter).

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Noun[edit]

fardel (plural fardels)

  1. A fourth part; a quarter.
    a fardel of land

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fardel, from Old French fardel (pack, bundle), from Spanish fardel, diminutive of fardo (pack, bundle), from Arabic [script?] (fardah, a package).

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Noun[edit]

fardel (plural fardels)

  1. (obsolete) a bundle or burden
    • circa 1599, Shakespeare, Hamlet, “To be, or not to be”:
      Who would fardels bear
      to grunt and sweat under a weary life []

Verb[edit]

fardel (third-person singular simple present fardels, present participle fardelling, simple past and past participle fardelled)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make up in fardels.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)

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