yauld

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *yeld, from Old English *ġilde (valuable, of worth), from Proto-Germanic *gildiz (valuable, valid, wholesome, precious), from Proto-Indo-European *gheldh- (to pay for, repay). Cognate with Scots yauld (active, strong, mighty), Old Norse gildr (of full worth, size, measure, or quality; full; complete; absolute; great) (whence Icelandic gildur (valid, thick, prominent, important), Swedish gild (stout, of full size), Danish gild (brawny, of full size, fine). Related to yield.

Adjective[edit]

yauld (comparative yaulder or more yauld, superlative yauldest or most yauld)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) Vigorous; strong; healthy.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) Active; sprightly; alert.
  3. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) Supple; active; athletic; nimble.