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From Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (like, love). Germanic cognates include Old Frisian frī (West Frisian frij), Old Saxon frī, Old Dutch frī (Dutch vrij), Old High German frī (German frei), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍃 (freis). The Indo-European root is also the source of Albanian 'Prenda' goddess of love, Perëndi (God), Proto-Slavic *prijateljь, Old Irish ríar (Welsh rhydd (free)), and perhaps Ancient Greek πρᾶος (prâos, mild, gentle).




  1. (Late West Saxon) free, at liberty; exempt
  2. (Late West Saxon) (poetic) noble, glad
    • c. 700 Cædmon, Metrical Paraphrase
      Ða wearþ worn afeded freora bearna
      then a number of noble children were brought forth.
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case singular plural case singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative frēwa frēwe frēwe frēwan nom. frēoh frēoh frēu frēwe frēu, -frēwe frēwa, -e
accusative frēwan frēwe frēwan acc. frēone frēoh frēwe frēwe frēu, -frēwe frēwa, -frēwe
genitive frēwan frēora, frēwena gen. frēwes frēwes frēore frēora
dative frēwan frēwum dat. frēwum frēwum frēore frēwum
instrumental frēwe
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