pooir

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin *potere, from Classical Latin posse, present active infinitive of possum.

Verb[edit]

pooir

  1. can; to be able to
    • circa 1155, Wace, Le Roman de Brut:
      Desfendés vous, si vous poés.
      Defend yourselves, if you can.

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem pue distinct from the unstressed stem po, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

Noun[edit]

pooir m (oblique plural pooirs, nominative singular pooirs, nominative plural pooir)

  1. power; ability; capability

Descendants[edit]