freogan

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *frijōną, from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy-. Germanic cognates include Old Saxon friohan (Dutch vrijen ‎(have sex, have a relationship etc.)), Old Norse fria ‎(free), frjá ‎(love), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌹𐌾𐍉𐌽 ‎(frijōn). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek πραυς ‎(prafs), Old Church Slavonic приꙗти ‎(prijati), Russian приять ‎(prijatʹ, friend), Old Irish ríar, Welsh rhydd ‎(free).

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Verb[edit]

frēoġan

  1. to free, to liberate
    Freo hine on ðam seofoðan geare: free him in the seventh year. (Deuteronomy)
  2. to like, to love, to honour
    Ic ðec for sunu wylle freogan: I will love you as a son. (Beowulf)

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