þeaw

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of unknown origin, only in West Germanic, as it were from Proto-Germanic *þawwaz. Cognate with Old Frisian thāw, Old Saxon thau ‎(custom). A possible Old High German reflex is *dou ‎(discipline, coercion, tuition).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

þēaw m ‎(nominative plural þēawas)

  1. habit, customs
  2. (in the plural) customs, virtue

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ attested as ka-dau, ka-thau; in EWAhd tentatively identified as a reflex of an s-less variant of PIE (s)tāu- (s)te- ‎(to stand, place). Köbler, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014 s.v. "dou", citing Lloyd et al. (eds.), Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Althochdeutschen (EWAhd) vol. 2 (1998), p. 741.