From Late Old English tīdung, from tīdan (“to befall, happen”), probably with assimilation to -ing. Either from or influenced by Old Norse tíðindi ( > Danish/Norwegian tidende). Cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung.
tiding (plural tidings)
- (usually in the plural) news; new information
- Glad tidings we bring To you and your kin. — A traditional Christmas carol.
- 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 2, Ch. 2, St. Edmundsbury
- But yet it is pity we had lost tidings of our souls: actually we shall have to go in quest of them again, or worse in all ways will befall!
- ^ T.F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, ISBN 978-0-19-283098-2; headword tidings
- ^ tidings in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913