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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Superlative of an adjective corresponding to Old High German halto (much), from the comparative heldr. Related to Old English hold (pleasant, favourable, kind)



  1. most, most of all, especially
    • Sigrdrífumál / Völsunga saga, chapter 21. trans. William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson, Walter Scott Press, London, 1888
      Þik vil ek helzt eiga, þótt ek kjósa um alla menn
      Thee would I fainest choose, though I had all men's sons to choose from.

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. second-person singular past indicative active of halda


  • helzt in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press