dell

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See also: Dell, Dëll, and dell'

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English delle, del, from Old English dell (small dale), from Proto-Germanic *daljō (a hollow, abyss), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *dalą (valley, dale), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰol-, *dʰel- (an arch, vaulting, curve, curvature, cavity). Cognate with Dutch del (a dell), German Delle (a hollow).

Noun[edit]

dell (plural dells)

  1. A valley, especially in the form of a natural hollow, small and deep.[1]
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin obscure. Originally thieves' cant. Compare Dutch del (trollop, floozie). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

Noun[edit]

dell (plural dells)

  1. (obsolete) A young woman; a wench.
    • Ben Jonson
      Sweet doxies and dells
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Lesley (1993) The New shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles, Oxford [Eng.]: Clarendon, →ISBN

Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *daislā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰiH-slo (compare Latin fīlum, Lithuanian gýsla, Serbo-Croatian žȉla).

Noun[edit]

dell m (indefinite plural dej)

  1. (anatomy) tendon
  2. sinew

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic ظِلّ(ẓill).

Noun[edit]

dell m

  1. shade

Manx[edit]

Verb[edit]

dell (verbal noun dellal)

  1. to negotiate, deal, trade, traffic

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
dell ghell nell
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

dell

  1. Alternative form of delle

Westrobothnian[edit]

Preposition[edit]

dell

  1. Alternative form of dill