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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English flīema (fugitive, exile, outlaw).


fleme (plural flemes)

  1. (obsolete) One who is banished; an exile; outcast; fugitive.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English flemen, from Old English flȳman, flīeman (to put to flight, drive away, banish), from flēam (flight).

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fleme (third-person singular simple present flemes, present participle fleming, simple past and past participle flemed)

  1. (obsolete) To drive away, chase off; to banish.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London: William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.IX, Ch.xxxviij:
      Sir kynge, ye ded a fowle shame whan ye flemyd Sir Trystram oute of thys contrey, for ye nedid nat to have doughted no knyght and he had bene here.