ithand

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ithand, an alteration (due to assimilation to suffix -and) of Middle English ithen, from Old Norse iðinn (assiduous, diligent), from iðja, iðna (to do, perform), from (a restless motion), equivalent to ithe +‎ -and and/or ithe +‎ -en. Cognate with Icelandic iðinn (diligent), Norwegian idig (busy), Danish idelig (continual), and perhaps to English eddy.

Adjective[edit]

ithand (comparative more ithand, superlative most ithand)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Industrious; assiduous; continually busy; diligent.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Plodding; constant; continual.
  3. (Now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, of mental or moral qualities) Conscientious; considerate; watchful; careful; attentive.
  4. (Now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, usually of weather) Continuous; persistent.

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