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Middle English[edit]


From (the stem of) Middle French frémir, from Late Latin *fremīre, from Latin fremere.



  1. To shiver, shudder.
    • c. 1450, anonymous, Merlin, Cambridge University Library MS Ff.3.11, 118-120:
      And than he ran upon hym with his swerde and smote hym on the heed and on the lifte sholdre that all the arme fremysshed. And so harde was the hide of the serpent that in the flessh myght it not atame.
    • c. 1450, anonymous, Merlin, from 1899, Henry B. Wheatley, Merlin, or, The early history of King Arthur, p. 285:
      [...] but as Gaheret com hym for to socoure with thre thousande men of armes, and in his comynge he made all the renges to fremyssh, for eche oon that com with hym bar oon to the grounde at theire metynge, and disparbled the saisnes towarde the brige [...].