bailler

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old French baillier.

Verb[edit]

bailler

  1. to bail (someone into someone else's custody)
  2. (by extension) to entrust (something to someone)
    • 1488, Jean Dupré, Lancelot du Lac:
      quant il les eut faictes si les scella & les bailla a la damoiselle pour porter l'andemain a court
      when he had written them [the letters] he then sealed them and entrusted them to the lady to take them tomorrow to the court

Etymology 2[edit]

see baailler.

Verb[edit]

bailler

  1. Alternative form of baailler (to yawn)

Conjugation[edit]

  • Same conjugation for both etymologies.
  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

References[edit]

  • bailler on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

bailler

  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of baillier

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-aill, *-aills, *-aillt are modified to ail, auz, aut. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.