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Old English[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *halþaz ‎(inclined). Akin to Old Frisian -hald, Old High German -hald, Old Norse -hallr, Old English heald ‎(bent, inclined toward), Old English hielde ‎(slope).



  1. bent; inclined toward, tending toward; sloping toward
    niþerheald "bent downwards"
    scyteheald "bent to shoot downwards, precipitous, oblique, steep"
    fæstheald "firmly fixed, secure"
    frēondheald "friendly, amiable"
    sūþheald "sloping toward the south"