gæsne

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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gaisnijaz (barren, poor), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰē- (to be gaping, yawn). Cognate with North Frisian gast (barren), Low German güst (barren), Old High German geisini, keisini (lack).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gǣsne

  1. deprived of, wanting, destitute, barren, sterile, dead, void, lifeless
    • Ðis geár wæs gǽsne on mæstene — This year was barren in mast-fruit
    • Hirdas lǽgon gǽsne on greóte — The keepers lay lifeless on the sand

Declension[edit]

Weak Strong
singular plural singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative gǣsna gǣsne gǣsne gǣsnan nom. gǣsne gǣsne gǣsnu gǣsne gǣsnu, -e gǣsna, -e
accusative gǣsnan gǣsne gǣsnan acc. gǣsnne gǣsne gǣsne gǣsne gǣsnu, -e gǣsna, -e
genitive gǣsnan gǣsnra, gǣsnena gen. gǣsnes gǣsnes gǣsnre gǣsnra
dative gǣsnan gǣsnum dat. gǣsnum gǣsnum gǣsnre gǣsnum
instrumental gǣsne


Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • 1916, John R. Clark, "A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary for the Use of Students", gæsne
  • 2010, J. Bosworth, An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online (T. N. Toller & Others, Eds.), gæsne