geap

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gaupaz, *gaupnō- (hollow (of the hand)), probably related to *geupan- (to be hollow), from Pre-Germanic *geuppan-, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeub(ʰ)- (to bend, move) (Lithuanian gaubti (to vault, cover), Albanian gaboj).[1]

Adjective[edit]

ġēap

  1. crooked, bent, curved
    Geap stæf.A crooked staff.
  2. symbolically crooked; devious, cunning
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably related to sense 1. Compare Old Norse gaupn (cupped hands), geypna (to encompass).

Adjective[edit]

ġēap

  1. broad, open, spacious
    Ġim sċeal on hringe standan, stēap and gēap
    A gem shall stand out on a ring, high and broad.
    (Maxims II)
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Noun[edit]

ġēap f (nominative plural ġēapa)

  1. an expanse, room, or space
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013), “gaupno”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 172