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From Middle English foughten, foghten, ifoghten, from Old English fohten, ġefohten, from Proto-Germanic *fuhtanaz, past participle of *fehtaną (to comb; struggle with; fight), equivalent to fought +‎ -en. Cognate with Scots fochten, fochtin, Dutch gevochten. More at fight.




  1. (archaic) past participle of fight
    • 1869, RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone, section II:
      Not that I was afraid of fighting, for now I had been three years at Blundell's, and foughten, all that time, a fight at least once every week [...].
    • 1819, John Keats, Otho the Great, act I, scene III, verses 44-45:
      No, not a thousand foughten fields could sponge
      Those days paternal from my memory […]
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      “the field must be foughten in our own presence, and divers weighty causes call us on the fourth day from hence.”