bysen

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *būsni, from Proto-Germanic *būsniz (command, precept), from *beudaną (to ask, beg), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (to be awake, perceive fully). Cognate with Old Saxon ambusan (command, precept), Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃 (anabusns, a command), Old Norse býsn (wonder, premonition).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbyː.sen/, [ˈbyː.zen]

Noun[edit]

bȳsen f

  1. example
    bȳsne stellanto set an example
    bȳsne sellanto give an example
    bȳsneas an example, for example
    • c. 900, the Old English Boethius
      Ealla bēċ sind fulla þāra bȳsna þāra manna þe ǣr ūs wǣron.
      All books are full of the examples of the people who were before us.
  2. parable
  3. command

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  • Middle English: bisne, bisen