wel

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wel, from Old Dutch *wela, wala, from Proto-Germanic *wela, from Proto-Indo-European *wel-. Compare German wohl, English well, Danish and Norwegian vel.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wel

  1. The opposite of not (used to add positive emphasis to the verb, much like the auxiliaries "do" or "does" in affirmative sentences in English)
    Houdt u niet van golf? — Do you not like golf?
    Ik hou wel van golf! — I do like golf!
    Je ziet wel dat... — You [can] certainly see that...
  2. very
  3. (dated) well

Usage notes[edit]

Using wel as adverbial form of goed is rare. Usually, the adjective is used directly.

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

wel

  1. first-person singular present indicative of wellen
  2. imperative of wellen

Middle Dutch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *wela, wala, from Proto-Germanic *wela.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wel (comparative bat or beter, superlative best)

  1. well

Descendants[edit]


North Frisian[edit]

Verb[edit]

wel

  1. (Föhr-Amrum Dialect) to want
  2. (Föhr-Amrum Dialect) shall, will (future tense auxiliary verb)

Conjugation[edit]


Usage notes[edit]

  • wel, wal, wääl, wul, and wulen were previously written as well, wall, wäl, wull and wullen respectively.

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wela, from Proto-Indo-European *wel-. Akin to Old Frisian wela, Old Saxon wela, Old High German wola, Old Norse vel, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐌻𐌰 (waila).

Adverb[edit]

wel (comparative bet, superlative best)

  1. well

Descendants[edit]


Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English well.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

wel

  1. well