stillth

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stilthe, from Old English *stilþ, *stillþ, *stillþu (stillness), from Proto-Germanic *stilliþō (stillness, quietness), equivalent to still +‎ -th. Cognate with West Frisian stilte (silence, stillness, quietness), Dutch stilte (silence, stillness, quietness), Old High German stillida (quietness).

Noun[edit]

stillth (uncountable)

  1. The state, quality, or condition of being still; stillness; tranquility; peace.
    • 1921, Gilbert Frankau, The seeds of enchantment:
      And suddenly the magic of this place — the fragrance and the stillth and the peace of it — took Dicky by the throat.
    • 1953, James Reynolds, James Reynolds' Ireland:
      [...] a battle rages in the old pile again tonight. "Will no stilth ever come to bad auld Fergus Keep?" a man of the roads once said to me, when I stopped to rest on a bridge high above the gorge of White Abbey. He was maundering and mouthing about battles and thirst, in one breath.
    • 1965, West & East, an independent monthly:
      Whenever I was in deep thought in the stillth of a night in longing for the mainland, it seemed that a voice was calling in the dark.