lemman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lemman, lefmon, leofmon, from Old English lēof +‎ mann, equivalent to lief +‎ man.

Noun[edit]

lemman (plural lemmans)

  1. Alternative form of leman.
  2. A lover, sweetheart, especially a secret lover or mistress.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VI:
      He wente that his lemman had layne in that bed, and so he leyde hym adowne by Sir Launcelot and toke hym in his armys and began to kysse hym.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i:
      Faire Venus seemde vnto his bed to bring / Her, whom he waking euermore did weene, / To be the chastest flowre, that ay did spring / On earthly braunch, the daughter of a king, / Now a loose Leman to vile seruice bound [...].
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      The prisoner I speak of is better booty — a jolly monk riding to visit his leman, an I may judge by his horse-gear and wearing apparel.

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English lēof +‎ mann.

Noun[edit]

lemman (plural lemmans)

  1. A lover, sweetheart, especially a secret lover or mistress.
    • 1380s-1390s. Geoffrey Chaucer‎. The Millers Tale, Canterbury Tales:
      Awaketh lemman mine, and speketh to me.

Descendants[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

lemman

  1. indefinite plural of lemma