bifallen

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English befeallan, from Proto-Germanic *bifallaną, equivalent to bi- +‎ fallen.

Verb[edit]

bifallen (third-person singular simple present bifalleth, present participle bifallende, first-/third-person singular past indicative bifell, past participle bifallen)

  1. to befall, happen
    • c. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, lines 19-20:
      Bifil that in that seson, on a day, / In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay
      It happened that, in that season, on a day / In Southwark, at the Tabard, as I lay

Descendants[edit]

  • English: befall
  • Scots: befaw

References[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

bifallen

  1. past participle of bifalla.

Adjective[edit]

bifallen

  1. approved, granted

Declension[edit]

Inflection of bifallen
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular bifallen
Neuter singular bifallet
Plural bifallna
Masculine plural3 bifallne
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 bifallne
All bifallna
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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