heafod

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

heafod

  1. (Early Middle English) Alternative form of heed

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *haubudą, from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *kaput-. Cognate with Old Frisian hāved, Old Saxon hōƀid, Dutch hoofd, Old High German houbit (German Haupt), Old Norse haufuð, hǫfuð, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐌱𐌹𐌸 (haubiþ). The Germanic source is related to Latin caput and Sanskrit कपालम् (kapālam).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈxæ͜ɑː.fod/, [ˈhæ͜ɑː.vod]

Noun[edit]

hēafod n

  1. (anatomy) head
  2. hair (of the head)
  3. headman; master, chief, leader
  4. (in compounds) main, primary
    hēafodsynncapital sin, deadly sin
    hēafodweġmain road
  5. top
  6. source, origin
  7. capital (city)
    hēafodstōlcapital

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: heed
    • English: head
    • Scots: heid
    • Yola: haade, heade