eald

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *ald, from Proto-Germanic *aldaz (grown-up) (corresponding to Latin altus), each from Proto-Indo-European *altós, *h₂eltós, a suffixed form of *al- (grow, nourish), *h₂el-. Cognate with Old Frisian ald (West Frisian âld), Old Saxon ald (Low German old), Dutch oud, Old High German alt (German alt). Compare also Ancient Greek ἄναλτος (ánaltos).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /æ͜ɑld/, [æ͜ɑɫd]

Adjective[edit]

eald (comparative ieldra, superlative ieldest)

  1. old
    eald eart þū?
    How old are you?
    Þās sċōs sind ealde and forwerede.
    These shoes are old and worn out.
  2. ancient
  3. (in compounds) original
    Ealdseaxanthe continental Saxons

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  • Middle English: ald, eald, eld, old