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See also: ferð and פֿערד


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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ferde, feord, furd, from Old English fyrd, fierd, ferd (army, host, company), from Proto-Germanic *fardiz (journey, expedition), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (to put across, ferry). Cognate with Old Frisian ferd, fart (an expedition, journey), Old High German fart (journey) (German Fahrt), Danish færd (voyage, travel). More at fare.


ferd (plural ferds)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Impetus, speed.
  2. (obsolete, Scotland, Northern England) A journey.
    He's on a ferd. Whatǃ? He's ferdedǃ.
  3. (obsolete or historical) An army, a host.
    • 1330, Robert Mannyng, Chronicle
      With þe wille I go als felawes in ferd.
      (With thee will I go as fellows in a ferd.)
  4. (obsolete or historical) A military expedition.
    • c. 1050, The Paris Psalter
      Þeah þu mid us ne fare on fyrd...
      (Though thou with us not fare on a ferd...)
  5. (obsolete or historical) A company, band, or group.
    • c. 1400, The Gest Hystoriale of the Destruction of Troy
      And foure scoure fyne shippes to the flete broght... with fyfty, in a furthe, all of fuerse vesell.
      (And four score fine ships to the fleet brought... with fifty in a ferd, all of fierce vessel.)
    • 1986, Jack Arthur Walter Bennett, Douglas Gray, Middle English literature - Volume 1 - Page 89:
      For him a lord (British or Roman) is essentially a leader of a 'ferd' (OE fyrd); […]
Usage notes[edit]
  • This word in its Anglo-Saxon form, fyrd, is used historically in a technical sense.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English feren (to fear). More at fear.


ferd (usually uncountable, plural ferds)

  1. (obsolete) Fear.


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


From Old Norse ferð.



ferd f (definite singular ferda, indefinite plural ferder, definite plural ferdene)

  1. journey, travel
    Korleis var ferda di til Sambandsstatane?
    How was your journey to the United States?
  2. group of people

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  1. imperative of ferda and ferde