From Middle English wald, wold, from Old English (Anglian) wald (cf. weald), from Proto-Germanic *walþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *wel(ə)-t- (cf. Welsh gwallt ‘hair’, Lithuanian váltis ‘oat awn’, Serbo-Croatian vlât ‘ear (of wheat)’, Ancient Greek λάσιος (lásios) ‘hairy’). See also the related term weald.
wold (plural wolds)
- An unforested or deforested plain, a grassland, a moor.
- (obsolete) A wood or forest, especially a wooded upland
- And from his further bank Aetolia's wolds espied.
- The wind that beats the mountain, blows / More softly round the open wold.
- Used in many English place-names, always hilly tracts of land.
- Wald (German) is a cognate, but a false friend because it retains the original meaning of forest.
- OED 2nd edition 1989
Middle Low German
- wolt (more common form marking pronunciation rather than morphology)
wōld m (woldes)